The new Xbox One S is coming out in August 2016. Here are the things you can expect from this game console.
At the E3 2016 press conference, the Xbox team from Microsoft announced the impending August release of the new Xbox One S. We’ve sifted through all the tidbits, so here are the most important facts you need to know about it:
1) The Xbox One S will have a price tag of $299 (£249 for the UK) for the 500GB version.
That’s surprisingly affordable, as it can become the centerpiece of your 4K entertainment. The 1TB will cost you $349 (£299) while the top end 2TB will be set at $399 (£349). This TB version will be the first model to be released, while the others will come later in the year.
2) It’s the smallest Xbox yet, and it’s 40% smaller than the original.
3) The Xbox One S features an integrated power supply, so you won’t have to deal with that huge external brick.
You can also position it to stand horizontally like the PS4. So it takes up less space, and it looks great standing with the “robot white” color scheme. The porous design on the console is eye-catching as well.
4) The new design doesn’t have the standard Kinect port at the rear.
Instead, it’s now an optional extra whereas the original Xbox focused on the Kinect aspect. If you insist on using Kinect, you’ll have to buy the adapter.
5) However, you can get the Xbox Kinect Adapter at no extra cost if you already have a Kinect for the Xbox One and you’re planning to buy the Xbox One S.
6) Other Xbox One S features include a USB port in front, and another two at the rear.
There’s also an IR blaster.
7) It now supports 4K content, which is an improvement from the original Xbox One.
You’ll get the Blu-ray Ultra HD playback, with Amazon Video and Netflix. This may become the most affordable Ultra HD Blu-ray player in the market today. It can also upscale regular HD video and games up to 4K.
8) It will support the HDR10 version of HDR.
At launch, the support for the HDR Dolby Vision may not yet be available. So if your HDR-compliant 4K TV can only support Dolby Vision, then you’re out of luck. Dolby Vision and HDR10 aren’t cross-compatible.
9) The new controller is markedly different as well.
Known as “the new Xbox Wireless Controller”, it does look neat. It comes with textured grips for a more secure and more comfortable hold, along with redesigned thumb controllers which should last longer. It also comes with Bluetooth and the wireless range of the controller has been increased. That should mean less risk of getting disconnected, although theoretically it should allow you to play across the room if you wish. Of course, its color scheme matches the console look as well.
10) If you plan on getting an extra controller, you’ll need to spend another $60.
By the way, there’s another Xbox currently being developed and it’s called Project Scorpio. It promises true 4K gaming and is set for release in December 2017.